NCB On The Trail: Derrick Jones

Roundtable: Prospects to watch 

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Last week we rolled out our updated ESPN 100, ESPN 60 and ESPN 25 player rankings, and while rankings are often the culmination of weeks and months of work and evaluations, it’s a never-ending process. The reality is that there are still a number of prospects our ESPN RecruitingNation staff is anxious to follow in the coming weeks and months. Here’s a look at some of the individual prospects our staff is especially interested in monitoring in the near future.


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The Orangemen have done an excellent job at targeting underclassmen. The recently landed ESPN No. 12 Malachi Richardson (Hamilton, N.J./Trenton Catholic Academy) is an outstanding shooter with excellent size and incredible overall polish for a young prospect. Also committed is power forward Tyler Lydon (Pine Plains, N.Y. /New Hampton School).

ESPN No. 19 small forward Derrick Jones (Philadelphia/Archbishop Carroll High School) is a dynamic athlete and finisher who plays at the rim. They are also heavily involved and in the final six schools for Donte DiVincenzo (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School) He is an AAU teammate of Richardson and they both play for Team Final.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Among a star-studded group of prospects from the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 taking part in the 12th annual Chick-fil-A Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament is junior small forward Derrick Jones (Philadelphia/Archbishop Carroll).

The No. 18 prospect in the class of 2015, the 6-foot-6 Jones is coveted by many of the nation’s top programs.


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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- For the second consecutive year, the “Live in the A.C.” event offered AAU and grassroots teams an East Coast alternative to the Las Vegas tournaments that have historically served as one of the pillars of the summer evaluation period.

When the balls stopped bouncing on Friday after three days of action, We-R-1 had captured the U17 championship with a win over Expressions Elite, while Team Final Blue held off CIA Bounce in the U16 final.

Here are some of the top performances and notable recruiting news from the event, which included ESPN 100 prospects like Abdul-Malik Abu and Jared Terrell and fast-rising ESPN 60 recruit Derrick Jones.

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Derrick Jones (Philadelphia/Archbishop Carroll) had the type of week most kids can only dream about last week.

The 6-foot-6 rising junior swingman was already a top national prospect -- ranked No. 16 in the ESPN 60 -- and held scholarship offers from the likes of Syracuse, Villanova, Maryland, Seton Hall, Temple and St. Joseph’s even before the start of the annual July live evaluation period.

Then, in the span of just a few hours, things really escalated quickly.

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10 things learned at NBPA 100 Camp 

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The NBPA Top 100 Camp wrapped up this weekend and while my colleague Paul Biancardi highlighted the top performances from the event, I’ll delve into some other recruiting observations from the star-studded event.

Among the takeaways was the continued emergence of 2015 center Cheick Diallo , Isaiah Whitehead's improving shot selection and Derrick Jones' bounce-back performance.

Here are the 10 things I learned while attending the NBPA 100 Camp.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – This year’s NBPA Top 100 Camp was littered with skilled prospects from top to bottom and was overall a very strong and deep collection of talent. Former NBA coach John Lucas served as the director of scouting at the camp, which annually attracts high-level prep prospects from all over the country.

The contests were extremely competitive as the players really took pride in their performances. Making the most noise at the camp were the event’s big men, who stood out due to their length in blocking and altering shots, overall efforts in rebounding and ability to run the floor and finish. Several, like center Stephen Zimmerman and Thon Maker, also displayed advanced passing and ballhandling skills.

Let's take a look at the final impressions from the NBPA 100 Camp.

Best performers

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